After much ado, Jimmy Kimmel has been announced as the host that will handle the mic at the 2017 Oscars – the 89th Academy Awards.
Though Kimmel has frequently hosted some prestigious awards ceremony, the late-night talk show host will be presiding over the Oscars for the first time.
Kimmel has previously hosted the Emmy Awards twice and once led ESPN’s ESPY Awards. He has also hosted the American Music Awards
The Jimmy Kimmel Live! talk show host confirmed the news on Twitter;
“Yes, I am hosting the Oscars,” Kimmel tweeted. “This is not a prank. And if it is, my revenge on the academy will be terrible and sweet.”
Kimmel has hosted his own nightly hour-long talk show – called Jimmy Kimmel Live! – since 2003.
With Chris Rock handling the mic, this year’s awards suffered an eight-year low in US television ratings. There was an average of 34.5 million viewers. Previous presenters of the glitzy event include Ellen DeGeneres; Seth MacFarlane; Whoopi Goldberg and Neil Patrick Harris.
The 2017 Academy Awards’ host took longer than usual to be named. The delay seems to be as a result of the this year’s event which was dominated by backlash. Apparently, viewers weren’t happy with the academy’s second straight year of all-white acting nominees.
We hope comedian Jimmy Kimmel will make a difference when he takes over the mic in February. Though his Emmy Awards broadcast hit a record low of 11.3 million viewers, ABC Television Group chief Ben Sherwood publicly lobbied for Kimmel. In September he said the network was “very hopeful that Jimmy will get” the Oscar hosting gig and that he had “elevated” the Emmys.
The ceremony which will take place on 26 February ceremony is being produced by veteran producer Michael De Luca and Jennifer Todd, president of Ben Affleck and Matt Damon’s production company, Pearl Street Films. And just like the host, this is also their first time producing the Oscars.